Sorry about the lack of posting last night, it was 1 AM when the second game ended so I figured nobody would mind if I waited until the next morning to post the highlights. The Thunder and Senators split a doubleheader on Thursday night from Waterfront Park. After the Thunder dropped game one 8-4 in extra innings (9) to extend their losing streak against Harrisburg to six games, Paul Bush (pictured) pitched brilliantly in game two to secure a 5-0 win. The right-hander went five shutout innings and gave up only two hits and a walk while striking out six. After going just 1-for-11 in the first two games of the series with RISP, the Thunder pounded out six hits (6-for-19) with RISP in the two games of the doubleheader combined. Here are some of the highlights…
TOP 1st – Mike Daniel continues to hurt the Thunder as he golfs a pitch over the right-field wall for his 5th home run of the season to put Harrisburg on top 1-0. The next batter Matt Whitney, also took startign pitcher Wilkin De La Rosa deep, his 7th bomb of the season, to put the Senators up 2-0.
Mike Daniel HR
Matt Whitney HR
BOTTOM 1st – Jesus Montero records his 31st RBI of the season with an opposite field RBI single to plate Reegie Corona and make the score 2-1 Harrisburg.
Montero RBI single
BOTTOM 4th – A big two-out rally for Trenton. Cory Van Allen relieves starter Brad Meyers with two outs and nobody on and quickly gives up back-to-back singles to Richie Robnett and Edwar Gonzalez. Then, the next batter, James Cooper slapped a big two-out, two-run double over the head of left fielder Jemel Spearman (who was playing WAYYY to shallow) to bring Trenton to within 4-3.
Cooper RBI double
BOTTOM 5th – Another big RISP hit for Trenton. After Austin Krum walked and stole second, Eduardo Nunez drilled a single to left to plate Krum and tie the game at 4-4.
Nunez RBI single
TOP 9th – Tough inning for Wilkins Arias. He gives up three hits in the inning as an RBI single by Bill Rhinehart allows Sean Rooney to score which gives the Senators a 5-4 lead. Two batters later, Ofilio Castro put the game out of reach with a bases clearing three-run double which put Harrisburg on top for good 8-4.
Bill Rhinehart RBI single
Ofilio Castro RBI double
BOTTOM 2nd – A bloop RBI single by Edwar Gonzalez allows Chris Malec to score to put Trenton ahead 1-0. Sorry no audio on this one, I forgot to start my recorder in time for game two 😦
BOTTOM 3rd – Kind of an odd play here that goes in Trenton’s favor. Reegie Corona rips a triple down the right field line. As right fielder Leonard Davis tossed the relay throw to second baseman Ofilio Castro, Castro tried to nab Corona at third but yanked the throw well wide of third baseman Joel Guzman. The throw reached the dugout and allowed Corona to score from third to put the Thunder ahead 2-0.
Corona triple and score on error
BOTTOM 4th – Edwar Gonzalez with another RBI single to plate Noah Hall and put the Thunder ahead 3-0. For Gonzo it’s the first time he’s had multiple RBI in a game since his 2 HR game back on June 25 against Akron. A few pitches later, a wild pitch allowed James Cooper to score from third to put Trenton ahead 4-0.
Gonzalez RBI single
Cooper scores on wild pitch
BOTTOM 5th – Another base hit for Trenton with RISP. after a Reegie Corona single and stolen base put the second baseman in scoring position, Eduardo Nunez drilled an RBI to right field to plate Reeg and put the Thunder ahead 5-0.
Nunez RBI single
…that’s it for now, time now to enjoy my weekend and day off Monday. I will be making my first road trip with the team next Tuesday-Thursday (August 4-6) in Reading so be ready for some road highlights for the first time this season.